INFO A light-filled, streamlined complex completed in 1995, Cité de la Musique brings various institutions dedicated to music under one gorgeous roof. The building is composed of a modular concert hall with orchestra and balcony... ... read more
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A light-filled, streamlined complex completed in 1995, Cité de la Musique brings various institutions dedicated to music under one gorgeous roof. The building is composed of a modular concert hall with orchestra and balcony seating to accommodate 800 to 1,500 spectators, a handsome café with terrace, workshops, an amphitheater, and resource centers. Its music museum hosts both a permanent collection of classical instruments as well as temporary exhibits (past subjects include Pink Floyd, Georges Brassens, Frédéric Chopin, and Paul Klee). Cité de la Musique also manages Salle Pleyel, a prestigious music venue near the Champs-Elysées.
On the eastern border of Paris, Cité de la musique is located in Parc de la Villette, a vast park dotted by several other iconic contemporary buildings (Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, concert venue Le Zénith, Géode IMAX theater…), traversed by the Ourq Canal and popular for picnics.
Cité de la Musique hosts all musical genres: classical music (primarily via Salle Pleyel), jazz, rap, soul, funk, pop rock, world music, electronic, and more. Seasonal programming regroups around themes like "Utopias" and "Body and Soul." Repeat performers at Cité de la Musique include Alain Bashung and Sonic Youth. Citedelamusiquelive.tv allows fans to live stream about 60 concerts per year.
There are also music festivals at Cité de la Musique throughout the year, including Jazz à la Villette and Days Off, an eclectic summer series featuring names like Breton and Hot Chip.